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From the NYT:
WASHINGTON — President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Mr. Obama said on Monday at the start of eight sentences on the subject, more than he devoted to any other specific area. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
This is laughable.
Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.
The “overwhelming judgement of science” ignores the scientific method. Science is about hypothesis, observation, analysis of results, and conclusions based on what theory seems to fit with the hypothesis and data. Sometimes hypotheses are proven wrong. Other times, people like the East Anglia Climate Research Unit simply fabricate observation data to confirm their hypothesis, since they already know the conclusion they want. So the “overwhelming judgement of science” is a complete fabrication.
Now, as to the second part, that “none can avoid” the devastation of nature. This sounds like some primitive culture fearful of the sky gods.
The witch doctor “scientist” tells the ignorant tribesmen that they must bring him virgins and make him chief of the tribe so that he can prevent those raging fires and powerful storms. Only he has the power to stop these – and you must stop eating of the fruit that grows by the river – only the medicine man may eat those sweet fruits because they give him strength to fight the storms! For you, the pitiful tribesman, it would harm you – but for him, it gives him the power he needs! So bring him those fruits! And bring him those virgins that he needs to keep his strength as well. Only he has the power – he, with overwhelming judgement of the sky gods – can protect you! Only he can protect you from the monster that comes in on those storms – the monster – OF MANBEARPIG!
Every time the storms are worse, it’s because the tribe hasn’t given him the power to fight manbearpig. Every time the fires are worse, it’s because they kept one of their daughters away from him, and he could not absorb her virgin powers and so he did not have the strength to do battle with manbearpig. Every time they keep some of the sweet river fruit to themselves – that’s why the drought came – because they were greedy and kept it from the shaman. Every time the ignorant tribesmen don’t do exactly as the medicine man commands, that’s why manbearpig will attack them.
For all the leftist accusations of fearmongering, this is probably one of the worst examples. They tell you that you’re responsible for the planet dying – if you don’t give them enough power to fight it. Since there’s never enough power to fight the weather, they just need more. And just like the small-scale tyrant shaman in our story holding the tribe in terror, so to do these global cooling global warming climate change fearmongers today try to hold us in terror.
The rich and powerful can buy carbon indulgences (offsets) so they can continue to sin against nature by their own theology – and conveniently that money goes into Al Gore’s pocket. Any who question this are considered heretics, and lumped with the most vile of people.
One article in particular from Micha Tomkiewicz, who is himself a holocaust survivor, has earned the ire of climate denialists around the web because in addition to the comparison of the tactics of global warming denialists and holocaust deniers, he additionally creates a moral comparison. While not saying it’s as bad a holocaust denial, Tomkiewicz does suggest they might be denying the possibility of a future holocaust:
I make my “climate change denier” claim for one reason. It’s easy today to teach students to condemn the Holocaust, but it’s much more difficult to teach them how to try to prevent future genocides. There are different kinds of genocides and they don’t repeat themselves; they come to us in different ways. I am not suggesting that the Holocaust is just like climate change. But what I am suggesting is that even though it’s hard to see a genocide – any genocide – coming. The future is hard to predict, but we can see this one coming. This genocide is of our own making, and it will effect everyone, not just one group or country.
Not to walk back to another topic too much, but the Holocaust was done by armed tyrants against unarmed men. The Holodomor, the Armenian Genocide, and numerous other genocides have been perpetrated by armed groups in power through various means against unarmed, subjugated groups. Relatively easy to understand. It’s actually easy to prevent future genocides – if people have the tools to resist, they can fight back. (That’s why the JPFO exists – to make sure of “Never Again”.)
With climate change, we have scientists who have equated their fight against Manbearpig to fighting against the Holocaust. They have declared “consensus” and that “the science is settled”. They invoke the murder of millions to shame into submission those who would oppose them. Any who would question their global cooling global warming climate change conclusions are considered vile, genocidal scum like the Nazis, worthy only of derision, ridicule, and considered subhuman trash who need to be exterminated themselves before they kill the planet.
That’s not how science works.
Science is a process of creating theories based on repeated observations. Science is not demonizing those who question. Science itself is questioning.
Alinskyite politics, where all the angels are on one side and all the devils are on the other, are like what current global cooling global warming climate changers are about.
If one were to look at this from an anthropological point of view, this would be a transparent power play, and every bit as clear as the tyrannical shaman. If one looks at it from a modern political point of view, one sees that this is watermelon environmentalism. That is, it’s green on the outside, red on the inside; environmentalism surrounding collectivism/socialism/communism. For some reason, the solutions to global cooling global warming climate change have always been the same.
From Zombie at PJ Media:
I just finished reading a terrifying new book about climate change. I learned this:
• Climate change is happening faster than we realize and it will have catastrophic consequences for mankind.
• There’s very little we can do to stop it at this late stage, but we might be able to save ourselves if we immediately take these necessary and drastic steps:
- Increase our reliance on alternative energy sources and stop using so much oil and other carbon-based fuels;
- Adopt energy-efficient practices in all aspects of our lives, however inconvenient;
- Impose punitive taxes on inefficient or polluting activities to discourage them;
- Funnel large sums of money from developed nations like the U.S. to Third World nations;
- In general embrace all environmental causes.
You of course recognize these as the solutions most often recommended to ameliorate the looming crisis of Global Warming. But there’s a little glitch in my narrative. Because although the book I read was indeed about climate change, it wasn’t about Global Warming at all; it was instead about “The Coming of the New Ice Age,” and it isn’t exactly “new” — it was published in 1977.
It’s a rather interesting book:
Even the BBC agrees.
Interestingly, the “Impact Team” also gives space to the other faction of climatologists — whom they dub the “hot-earth men,” a primitive term for “Global Warmists.” The hot-earth men are the mortal enemies of the “cool-earth men,” i.e. the ice age predictors, who are obviously more correct and who are therefore given the soapbox throughout the book. What we see here in 1977 is an interesting historical pivot point: The crisis-mongers needed an ecological disaster to hype, and at that moment in history there were two factions battling for the microphone, each trumpeting the exact opposite scenario: the “hot-earth men” and the “cool-earth men.” The media weighed the two views, decided that the cool-earth men had more evidence, more team members and a better argument, and so ran with the “new ice age” story. When that didn’t pan out, they later dumped the cool-earth men and embraced their rivals.
And there’s the rub. We’ve been told all this stuff before. The solutions, as noted, are always the same – we as individuals have to give up our liberty to some governing body that will “save” us from ourselves; whether it be the weather shaman who demands the best food and our daughters, or whether it be the global cooling global warming climate change fearmongers today.
I’ll quote from the holocaust deniers=Manbearpig deniers guys again, attempting to explain it all away:
Climate change denialism shares all of these features. Denialists like Inhofe (Morano’s boss) allege a global warming “hoax”. This conspiracy theory suggests that thousands of scientists worldwide are all operating from the same playbook (the Protocols of the Al Gore), falsifying data for the purpose of creating regulations to restrict business, and secretly working to create one world government. Or that somehow peer-review and grant rewards only go to those who back the consensus, the classic “grantsmanship” conspiracy theory that is contradicted by the fact that scientists encourage and reward revolutionary results as long as they are well-grounded in data. It sounds ridiculous, but these are their arguments. How one could possibly manage to make thousands of people fabricate evidence for peer reviewed journals all to say the same thing and not be detected is beyond belief. And before the cranks show up and suggest the East Anglia emails are of any significance, let’s move on to number two:
The cherry picking of papers, often from journals that are overrun by cranks like Energy and Environment, and even the cherry-picking of individual data points or time periods is rampant. The theft of the East Anglia emails, which were then cherry-picked and quoted out of context to create the false appearance of deception on the part of scientists is another excellent example.
Second, like all big political movements with bigger objectives, these Manbearpig-worshipers may not realize what they’re doing. The Manbearpigger goes on to say that the East Anglia emails are meaningless because a bunch of other scientists who agree with Manbearpig agreed that they were meaningless. And anyone who questions them isn’t an expert, so they don’t realize how stupid they are and can’t make decisions (Dunning-Kruger).
Now, I may not know everything about climate science, but I subscribed to Science News for nearly a decade when they were in their weekly format. I cancelled when they went to bi-weekly and they added an editorial page. One of the first editorials they did was on the need for “advocacy science” to save us from Manbearpig. Suddenly, there was a political objective to science; there was a pressing political and emotional need that demanded that they find the “right conclusions” and make the “right policies”. That’s not science. That’s advocacy journalism at best, propaganda at worst – the gatekeeper to information makes the decision on what you need to know and what you don’t.
Just like I’m mocking global cooling global warming Manbearpig, so too is the Manbearpig worshiper mocking those who question his “settled” science, calling them cranks, quacks, and idiots who engage in cognative biases that make them think they know something, when only he, holy defender of the Codex of Science Truth Fact of Manbearpig can know the Righteous Word Of Manbearpig. Of course, I’m mocking him for his defense of rigid orthodoxy and Manbearpig zealotry. He’s going the Godwin’s law route because SHUT UP!
That’s a sprite. It’s a lightning phenomenon that wasn’t discovered until 1989.
I think that’s pretty cool, but it’s very sciency in a department I know little about. Just tossing it out there because it shows how little we as humankind still know, and how our understanding of the world is still yielding new discoveries.
But I know politicians, and I know people, and I know political swindlers who create crises to exploit. Human nature hasn’t changed.
To dissect the Manbearpig worshiper’s denial of any questioning his orthodoxy, there are many scientists taught by other scientists who are taught what has become politically unquestionable. Those who teach the teachers will dictate how the students learn. This is why they have lectures on subversion. Whether as overt as that or more subtle, it’s how people interact. Those who create bogus data, falsify it, or otherwise taint it with the conclusion they know they should reach aren’t necessarily doing so because their marching orders from Al Gore (who just sold his TV station to petro-barons in Qatar) – they’re doing so because that’s what they’ve been told to believe, whether or not it’s true. “Grantsmanship” also stem from the fact that the people handing out grants, the people involved in these circles, are mostly of the same mindset. They have the belief that they’re saving the world, and anyone who questions that is the devil. They don’t need marching orders – they’re individually capable of acting on their ideology, and the ideological guidance they’ve been given drives them. Thousands of people aren’t necessarily on some list of conspirators that parrot the party line, but they’re ideological clones – believing in the same thing. They are missionaries of Manbearpig, and no matter their sins, they are here to save you from yourself – and if you oppose them, you support the Holocaust.
Just to contrast, my ideological compass gears me towards the maximum amount of liberty for the maximum amount of people with the minimum of coercion. Individuals know what’s best for them in their own life. Those who make bad choices typically learn from experience and stop making those bad choices. Those who don’t live with the consequences of their actions – and that teaches them, too. With plenty of good examples, people can see what works and what doesn’t, and absent any enabling of bad choices, people will mostly make good ones for themselves. As individuals mature, they’ll see that protecting the freedom of others and helping to ensure the same choices they had are still around can lead to better lives for everyone, and they’ll raise their children up to make good decisions, or if they choose not to have children, they’ll still act as examples for others to follow or avoid, for good or ill.
Through that prism, I can see the same lists of demands from global cooling nuts in the 1970s as from global warming nuts in the 1990s as from “climate change” nuts today. They have the same ends, with their means only being separated by whether it’s hot or cold or just “different” outside.
Now, were I to do a apply the scientific method to this, I could do it this way:
Question: Is climate change valid?
Observation: Australia’s going through a hot summer, last summer where I live was hot. Maybe. But the backers for it aren’t acting very sciency.
Hypothesis: Climate change is a political tool.
Test the Hypothesis: We can observe trial & error in the news anyway, so I’ll run with that for now. We can see that those who defend climate change have changed their own positions from global cooling to global warming to now the non-substantive “change”. Further observation shows that those who support climate change have seemingly always demanded more control over the individual in order to fight climate change. Actions of climate change supporters mirror those of the political left. Data is all included in the above blog entry.
Analysis, Interpretation & Conclusion: Climate change mirrors politics on the left in a lot of ways. Whether it’s the left hijacking science or simply riding its coattails is unknown, but not necessarily important, either. The results of changes that climate change supporters wish to push are the same as Malthusians and those who believe in both people overpopulation and consumption overpopulation believe. No one is exempt from control by either the political or scientific entities if they were to get their way. Climate science itself might not be a political tool, and would be an interesting science to study, but it certainly is not settled in the least. There are those using it as a political cudgel to fabricate a crisis in order to push for demands they were making before they settled on the reason of “climate change”. Those who are on the receiving end of “climate change” are expected to change their living standards, while those who are dictating that “climate change” is a threat stand to benefit from it and gain power, like the primitive shaman. This hurts the majority of individuals while favoring a few.
For all the Manbearpig worshiper claims that “evil energy corporations are behind it” and other such accusations, the problem with that is that those same “evil energy corporations” have investments in so-called green energy. GE has made huge amounts of money by claiming to be green, while scamming the taxpayer – all by getting Manbearpig worshipers to tilt at windmills. Petrochemical dictators in the Middle East have been funding leftist environmentalist propaganda in the US in order to protect their own bottom lines.
So, to sum up – Manbearpig is a scam. It’s a power play. We’ve been told it’s going to be hot, it’s going to be cold, it’s going to be different and everything else. Global cooling/warming/climate change is a political tool right now to push an agenda. It is watermelon environmentalism, with collectivism at its core, with reduction of the individual at its core. The science really doesn’t matter, because the means to that power, whether it be cooling/warming/change don’t matter. It’s a politically fabricated crisis that can be always on the horizon, a crisis that has never materialized and doesn’t ever have to materialize, but a crisis that demands immediate action. It’s an ongoing constant threat that means those who are politically correct need more power from you the invididual, and they can always demand you do something “for the children”.
From the 10 10 Campaign, which wanted people to cut their carbon emissions by 10%. If you haven’t seen it, you should really watch it – it gives you some idea of how these people think:
It’s amazing how much the left loves the blood of children to try to force you to do things.
Manbearpig remains a fictional fear-mongering tool used as a means to an end – power. And despite being a giant fraud, Manbearpig is back for 2013.
From the Media Research Center:
This article is a countdown of the Media Research Center’s findings concerning the mainstream media’s advocacy of global warming, known here at the Patriot Perspective as ManBearPig. Sit back and enjoy and more importantly realize that there is a coordinated agenda to control your life one way or another.
25. Billions of Lives At Risk
“Will Billions Die from Global Warming?”
— ABC’s on-screen graphic from the January 31, 2007 Good Morning America.
24. Who Needs Tanks, When You’ve Got the EPA?
“And yet, Congresswoman Schneider, in 1989, fiscal 1989 as we say in America, the Environmental Protection Agency got $5.1 billion dollars and the Defense Department got $290 billion dollars. What’s that tell us about our priorities?”
— ABC anchor Peter Jennings on the September 12, 1989 Capital to Capital special “The Environment: Crisis In the Global Village.”
23. $6 a Gallon Gas Will Save the Earth!
“You’re also looking at a [global warming] solution here in Europe: smaller vehicles, more energy efficient, many which use diesel fuel which is more efficient. And the price of gas here is $6 a gallon to discourage guzzling. A lot of big ideas and innovations coming out of Europe.”
— ABC’s Chris Cuomo reporting from Paris for Earth Day, April 20, 2007 Good Morning America.
22. If We All Died Would the Earth Even ‘Miss Us?’
Co-host Matt Lauer: “The book is called The World Without Us, and it asks the question what would happen to planet Earth if human beings were to suddenly disappear….And really it’s all about trying to figure out how long it would take nature to reclaim what we’ve created.”
Co-host Meredith Vieira: “The mess.”
Lauer: “How long it would take nature to fix the mess we’ve made?…Would the Earth miss us at all? How long would it take for it to fix the problems we created?”
— NBC’s Today, September 4, 2007.
21. Someone Get the Statue of Liberty a Life Preserver Before She Floats Away!
Tom Brokaw: “About 10 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by ice, most of that in the polar regions. But if enough of that ice melts, the seas will rise dramatically and the results will be calamitous….If this worst-case scenario should occur, in the coming centuries New York could be abandoned, its famous landmarks lost to the sea.”
Dr. James Hansen, Goddard Institute for Space Studies: “Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami — they would all be under water.”
— From Brokaw’s two-hour Discovery Channel special, Global Warming: What You Need to Know, excerpt shown on the July 15, 2006 NBC Nightly News.
20. Earth to George W. Bush: You Make Me Sick!
“No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth….Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us….Something has gone grievously wrong. That something is global warming….It’s undeniable that the White House’s environmental record — from the abandonment of Kyoto to the President’s [George W. Bush] broken campaign pledge to control carbon output to the relaxation of emission standards — has been dismal.”
— Time’s Jeffrey Kluger in the magazine’s April 3, 2006 global warming cover story: “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.”
19. Big Oil Caused Hurricane Katrina
“The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming….Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue….As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway climate change.”
— Former Washington Post and Boston Globe reporter Ross Gelbspan in an August 30, 2005 Boston Globe op-ed.
18. When You Fill Up Your Tank, You’re ‘Fighting Science’
“Exxonmobil – I think this is a real group of bad guys, considering that they have funded all the anti-global-warming propaganda out there in the world. And Bush is just not going to go against guys like that. They are bad, bad guys, because of what they are doing in fighting the science of global warming.”
— New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in an interview published in Rolling Stone, October 17, 2002.
17. Put Down That Hairspray Can or Else We’ll All Be Riding Camels to Work!
“If nothing is done to reverse ozone damage, scientists predict hundreds of millions of skin cancer cases in the U.S. alone, not to mention increased global warming that would turn much of the planet into a desert.”
— Reporter Mark Phillips on the January 16, 1990 CBS Evening News.
16. ‘Radical’ Republicans Could Kill Off Snail Darters, Owls, Even You!
“The noises coming from [Rep. Sonny] Bono and many of his fellow Republican signers of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s ‘Contract with America’ signal a radical shift in Congress’s attitude toward environmental issues — a shift that may bode ill for the health of snail darters, spotted owls, and even the human species.”
— Time reporter Dick Thompson in a February 27, 1995 story headlined “Congressional Chain-Saw Massacre: If Speaker Newt Gingrich gets his way, the laws protecting air, water and wildlife may be endangered.”
15. GOP’s Full ‘Frontal Assault’ on the Environment
“Next week on ABC’s World News Tonight, a series of reports about our environment which will tell you precisely what the new [Republican] Congress has in mind: the most frontal assault on the environment in 25 years. Is this what the country wants?”
— Peter Jennings in an ABC promo during the July 9, 1995 This Week with David Brinkley.
14. Earth Would Be Okay It Weren’t for Us Pesky Humans
“Ultimately, no problem may be more threatening to the Earth’s environment than the proliferation of the human species.”
— Anastasia Toufexis, “Overpopulation: Too Many Mouths,” article in Time’s special “Planet of the Year” edition, January 2, 1989.
13. Ronald Reagan = Earth Day Buzzkill
“The missteps, poor efforts and setbacks brought on by the Reagan years have made this a more sober Earth Day. The task seems larger now.”
— Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, April 20, 1990.
12. Heed the Words of the ‘Prophet’ Al Gore
“You know, Bob, you’d still be holding your breath and kicking your feet if what had happened to Al Gore in Florida had happened to you. He rose above a great injustice….He became a prophet on an issue that is crucially important to the world.”
— Ex-Time reporter Margaret Carlson to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bob Novak on Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital, October 13, 2007.
11. Climate Change a Greater Threat Than USSR’s Nukes
“Despite the danger that climate change poses, the resources currently devoted to studying this problem — and combating it — are inconsequential compared with the trillions spent during the Cold War. Twenty years from now, we may wonder how we could have miscalculated which threat represented the greater peril.”
— Time contributor Eugene Linden, September 4, 2000.
10. Ted Koppel to Global Warming Skeptics: The Earth is Round!
Karen Kerrigan, Small Business Survival Committee: “To say that the science is conclusive…is actually bunk.”
Host Ted Koppel: “I was just going to make the observation that there are still some people who believe in the Flat Earth Society, too, but that doesn’t mean they’re right.”
— Exchange on the December 9, 1997 Nightline.
9. Call in the Climate Cops!
“Put an international tax on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases….Find a way to put the brakes on the world’s spiraling population, which will otherwise double by the year 2050….Give the United Nations broad powers to create an environmental police force for the planet.”
— Time list of “What They Should Do But Won’t” at the United Nations “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, June 1, 1992.
8. Matt Lauer: Let’s Face It, There’s ‘Too Many of Us’
“Today, life on Earth is disappearing faster than the days when dinosaurs breathed their last, but for a very different reason….Us homo sapiens are turning out to be as destructive a force as any asteroid. Earth’s intricate web of ecosystems thrived for millions of years as natural paradises, until we came along, paved paradise, and put up a parking lot. Our assault on nature is killing off the very things we depend on for our own lives….The stark reality is that there are simply too many of us, and we consume way too much, especially here at home….It will take a massive global effort to make things right, but the solutions are not a secret: control population, recycle, reduce consumption, develop green technologies.”
— NBC’s Matt Lauer hosting Countdown to Doomsday, a two-hour June 14, 2006 Sci-Fi Channel special.
7. New York City: Iceberg Capital of the World
Bryant Gumbel: “At the risk of starting an argument, are you a believer in global warming?”
Mark McEwen: “Absolutely.”
Jane Clayson: “Of course.”
Julie Chen: “Yeah.”
Gumbel: “So am I….And you wonder what it’s gonna take. I mean, is it gonna take some kind of a real catastrophe? I mean, does an iceberg have to come floating down the Hudson before somebody stands up and goes, ‘Oh, yeah’?”
— Exchange during CBS Early Show’s co-op time at 7:25 am on April 18, 2001.
6. Meredith Vieira Freaks Out: ‘Are We All Gonna Die?’
“So I’m running in the park on Saturday, in shorts, thinking this [warm weather] is great, but are we all gonna die? You know? I can’t, I can’t figure this out.”
— Co-host Meredith Vieira talking about global warming on NBC’s Today, January 8, 2007.
5. One Day ‘You Could Tie Your Boat to the Washington Monument’
“There is an even greater threat that scientists can only speculate about. As global temperatures rise, they may cause the massive West Antarctic ice sheet to slip more rapidly. Then we’ll be facing a sea-level rise not of one to three feet in a century, but of 10 or 20 feet in a much shorter time. The Supreme Court would be flooded. You could tie your boat to the Washington Monument. Storm surges would make the Capitol unusable. For Today, Paul Ehrlich in Washington, DC, on the future shoreline of Chesapeake Bay.”
— Ecologist Paul Ehrlich reporting for the January 11, 1990 Today show.
4. PBS Hires the Guy from ‘Jaws’ to Scare You About Global Warming
Actor Roy Scheider: “Earth Day appealed to every one.”
Children singing: “Oil drops are falling on their heads/And that surely means that soon they will all be dead.”…
Scheider: “The environmental revolution has made us understand where we humans are taking the Earth. Towards a world poisoned by pollution. Towards an atmosphere disrupted by greenhouse warming and losing its protective layer of ozone. Towards rivers, oceans and beaches made unusable by sewage and toxic waste. Towards unmanageable piles of garbage filled with the squandered resources of the planet. Towards a population of 10 billion in 60 years, twice as many as today. With the prospect of feeding those billions from farmland eroded toward the breaking point. It will be a world in which wild things have no room to live. A world in which forests have disappeared. Only the environmental revolution can save the planet from this fate.”
— Actor Roy Scheider narrating ten-part PBS series Race to Save the Planet aired from October 7 to 11, 1990.
3. Too Bad Obama Cut NASA’s Budget
“Could global warming one day force us into space to live?”
— ABC’s Sam Champion teasing an upcoming segment on Good Morning America, February 8, 2008.
2. Ted Turner: We’re All Going to Be Eating Each Other!
“Not doing it [fighting global warming] will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hotter in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years, and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down.”
— CNN founder Ted Turner on PBS’s Charlie Rose, April 1, 2008.
1. Save the Earth, Stop Breathing!
“It’s a morbid observation, but if everyone on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.”
— Newsweek Senior Writer Jerry Adler, December 31, 1990 issue.
These are just the top 25 quotes that the Media Research Center decided to publish, there isn’t any real idea how many more questionable, loaded statements and questions have been made by the Mainstream Media. Never mind climate gate, never mind looking at the facts for one’s self. These folks want you to believe anything and everything they say on faith. My challenge to all of our readers is to check, double-check and even triple check any thing and everything you read, including our articles here at the Patriot Perspective. To properly end this here is a video from the radical environmentalist Earth First illustrating just how wacked out these “environmentalist” can be:
From the UK Daily Mail:
Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague
It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’.
Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (BEST) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is warming continually.
Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it.
It was cited uncritically by, among others, reporters and commentators from the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, The Economist and numerous media outlets in America.
The Washington Post said the BEST study had ‘settled the climate change debate’ and showed that anyone who remained a sceptic was committing a ‘cynical fraud’.
Yes, they are just like holocaust deniers who mock science. And of course they’re funded by a conspiracy by big oil to keep people stupid and uneducated about the truths of global warming.
Scientific method: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
And again, the narrative of the eco-leftist is more important than the facts:
But today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a leading member of Prof Muller’s team has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact that BEST’s research shows global warming has stopped.
Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America’s prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller’s claim that he has proven global warming sceptics wrong was also a ‘huge mistake’, with no scientific basis.
Prof Curry is a distinguished climate researcher with more than 30 years experience and the second named co-author of the BEST project’s four research papers.
Her comments, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, seem certain to ignite a furious academic row. She said this affair had to be compared to the notorious ‘Climategate’ scandal two years ago.
While this is plainly misanthropic, and clearly falls into the usual eco-dalek theme, is it really a surprise?
Of course, Manbearpig is all about people who are made to feel guilty by buying into this bullshit being convinced to buy carbon indulgences to make the prophets and bishops of global warming/climate change rich while making them feel good. It’s all about redistributing wealth from the global rich to the global poor because the “overconsumption” of the global rich is killing the global poor.
Global rich here ends up meaning the lower, middle, and upper class of the West (not the upper-upper class, though) having to sacrifice the wealth and prosperity they’ve created and enjoy – from high-calorie, low cost foods that make it so the US is one of the few nations where poor people are fat (unlike the rest of the world throughout history). Global poor here means the dictators who go along with the scheme and keep convincing the anthropogenic global warming useful idiots to give them money. The dictators will keep their people poor while blaming the rest of the world for their woes, because without the scapegoat, the people would overthrow the dictator and get freedom or at least a less-bad dictator for themselves.
Note the careful choice of the Manbearpig cultists’ choice of victim. They cry about how the third world is suffering because you drive an SUV and have kids who need to eat – and often point to the suffering in Africa. (Why is Africa suffering? Dictators and Western aid propping up dictators regimes… but I digress.) Why is the child not a dusky-colored urchin from the third world? Because that’d be rightfully viewed as horrifically racist and most importantly misanthropic.
So why is it a western-looking white child? Kids of the globally “priviledged” probably won’t suffer from the effects of you driving an SUV – in fact they’ll benefit from the quality of life improved by having a car to get them to soccer practice rather than being told to walk across town (and because Manbearpig is bullshit).
The point is to elicit an emotional response. Terrorizing children is their MO, as we saw with 10:10. This white western girl is clearly a beneficiary of the destruction wreaked by Manbearpig (in the eco-dalek ideology), so terrorizing her is a righteous act. She also represents the offspring of the target audience – Westerners who will abandon their reason in order to abandon the lives that they’ve built in order to give it to Manbearpig cultists who’ve done nothing but peddle an ideology.
It also belies a fundamental disconnect from what makes one group of people prosperous and another not so prosperous. Often the weaker nation is still developing – and needs a market to sell products to – the greater nation. Often the weaker nation is weaker because its development is stymied by its own self-destructive dictators/government. The leftist Manbearpig cultists and ecodaleks don’t understand this. They can’t understand this due to their ideology. They also can’t understand that environmental stewardship is usually a luxury afforded to those who are wealthy. But I’m digressing…
Aside from being a visual agitation meant to say “do this or we’ll kill your kids”, it’s also kinda funny. Perhaps because it’s almost to the point of self parody, and looks a lot like this internet meme:
>I’m coining a new term today:
For those unfamiliar with Dr. Who, a Dalek is one of these:
Wikipedia entry here:
They’re slow-moving, nigh-invulnerable aliens with one goal. To EXTERMINATE pretty much everything that isn’t them. (They’re also low-budget monsters with plungers for death rays, but they’ve got cultural staying power and some good story arcs.)
So what exactly is an Eco-Dalek? An environmentalist-ecoterrorist that believes in extermination of mankind for the sake of the planet.
(Alternately, they can be Enviro-Daleks.)
The bad guys in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 novel were representative of that. Obama’s Science & Technology Czar, John Holdren, holds this view. He believes in forced abortions and mass sterilization by poisoning drinking water to exterminate the population in order to “save the planet”. The concept of overpopulation by people overpopulation and consumption overpopulation also results in this view – where if there are too many poor, or rich who use too many resources, they must be exterminated.
In fact, most Malthusians think this way. Some educated idiots simply compare humans to bacteria while their projected malthusian catastrophes never happen. They know what’s best for the planet, and the planet is the most important thing. So humanity has to start dying.
Of course, they believe that they are the chosen ones who should live since they’re the best stewards of the land and know how to preserve and protect the planet. Everyone else must die, they must live, since they are perfect. It almost parallels Marxist doctrine of class enemies, but here the class enemies are based on piety to adherence to the doctrines of environmental mania and their leaders whether through advancement of the AGW cause or at least buying carbon indulgences. This is why Al Gore, with a mansion and jetsetting around the world as the prophet of Manbearpig, can be an absolute hypocrite (though he buys carbon credits from his own company). Al Gore, while he is the prophet of Manbearpig, doesn’t seem to be an eco-dalek yet. He hasn’t actually said “you should die”. (Yet.)
Al Gore’s brand is more of an enviro-statist. He’s all for the government regulating your life until you’re a subsistence farmer who doesn’t harm the earth at all, or until you’re simply hooked up to pods like in Matrix and fed bonemeal slurry Soylent Green from dead people so we don’t even have to farm anymore.
This is his world:
A world where you submit to the eco-state. The state, of course, does whatever it likes. And of course, those who consume more are evil, those who consume less are good, so it’s also a bit of watermelon environmentalism. Green on the outside, red on the inside. A dictatorial authoritiarian government will rule your life, for your own good. Alternately: Enviro-nazis.
The eco-dalek is something else.
Consider the following ad from the land that brought you 1984, Dr. Who and blood pudding:
This is a real ad. No, this is not a spoof by the Onion.
The UK Guardian has part of the story here. It’s part of the 10:10 project, telling people they must reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.
Hotair has a good roundup of critical responses here.
You don’t do what they “nudge”, then they will EXTERMINATE!
For your own good, of course.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.
>Via Pajamas Media:
Spain’s Dr. Gabriel Calzada — the author of a damning study concluding that Spain’s “green jobs” energy program has been a catastrophic economic failure — was mailed a dismantled bomb on Tuesday by solar energy company Thermotechnic.
Before opening it, I called [Thermotechnic] to know what was inside … they answered, it was their answer to my energy pieces.
Dr. Calzada contacted a terrorism expert to handle the package. The expert first performed a scan of the package, then opened it in front of a journalist, Dr. Calzada, and a private security expert.
The terrorism consultant said he had seen this before:
This time you receive unconnected pieces. Next time it can explode in your hands.
Dr. Calzada added:
[The terrorism expert] told me that this was a warning.
For those who think of Spain as a land of bullfighters and beaches at Ibiza, remember they were a fascist dictatorship for decades under Franco, and have their own home-grown terrorists with which to contend. So Spain knows a thing or two about terrorism and tyranny. The security expert consulted was one who fought against the ETA.
Un colaborador de EXPANSIÓN, amenazado por sus artículos sobre la energía solar
Gabriel Calzada, colaborador habitual de EXPANSIÓN, recibió una bomba simulada, enviada por una empresa fotovoltaica que pretendía así intimidarle por sus artículos críticos sobre la energía solar.
El agente de seguridad privada recomendó no abrirlo tras comprobar que se trataba de dos objetos metálicos difíciles de interpretar. Pidió ayuda a una persona con más experiencia quien tras un breve visionado de la pantalla del escáner creyó saber de qué se trataba y procedió a abrirlo con cuidado ante la atenta mirada del guarda de seguridad, Lorenzo Ramírez (antiguo redactor de Expansión) y el propio Gabriel Calzada. De la caja salieron un filtro de gasoil y una pieza con rosca que podía adaptarse al filtro.
For those who don’t read Spanish, it’s pretty much what PJ media relates to us.
The title is “A Contributor of Expansion was Threatened for his Articles on Solar Energy”. You can go use babelfish for a robot translation that isn’t perfect.
…an employee of the company immediately knew about what package she treated and she answered without doubting a second that ” it is our answer to articles on energy of Mr. Calzada in Expansión”.
De la caja salieron un filtro de gasoil y una pieza con rosca que podía adaptarse al filtro.
“In the box was left a diesel filter and a piece with a spiral that could adapt to the filter.”
(with help from babelfish)
“Ten cuidado Gabriel, esta vez lo mandan como aviso, la próxima vez te puedes encontrar con un paquete que estalle al abrirlo”.
Be careful, Gabriel. This time it came as a warning, the next time it could explode when you open it.
(via ShortTimer & my Langenscheidt English-Spanish dictionary)
Bad things going on in Spain.
>Manbearpig cultists and profiteers who’ve made their academic careers based on grants they receive by issuing chicken little warnings, and the Al Goreans who are already investing in the “carbon credit” market of artificial currency are busily assaulting those who’ve called East Anglia on their bogus non-science.
Even (Un)Scientific American is getting in on the advocacy journalism:
With all the “hot air” surrounding climate change discussions, none has been hotter in recent weeks than that spewed over a trove of stolen e-mails and computer code from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in England. Longstanding contrarians, such as Sen. James Inhofe (R–Okla.), who famously dubbed climate change a “hoax” in a 2003 speech, has pointed to the stolen e-mails as information that overturns the scientific evidence for global warming and called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to halt any development of regulation of greenhouse gases pending his investigation into the e-mails.
Now, there’s something hidden in there that most folks outside of the central United States won’t notice. Senator James Inhofe is from Oklahoma. A coworker from Oklahoma pointed out to me some time ago that global warming is simply ignored there. Anyone going on about global warming is treated much the same as someone who insists the moon is made of green cheese or that Lord of the Rings is real. They’re simply dismissed as harmless, deluded, and as though they are “slow” children.
People in Oklahoma have, within living memory of their elders, seen their state obliterated by heat and turned into a desert overrun with locusts and jackrabbits. A major climactic shift took place there. The same holds true for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, and a few other swaths of the great plains.
They’ve seen natural climate change. While some types of farming practices contributed to the Dust Bowl, its existence didn’t come solely from a relatively tiny population of farmers (relative to the landmass) with mules and plows, or even the few tractors, scarring the landscape.
It came from devastating drought.
There are such things as climactic shifts. They exist. Using better farming techniques and greater irrigation can and has lessened the impact of the smaller droughts since the Dust Bowl. But those whose state heritage is one of having lived through such a climactic shift are a lot more difficult to fool, especially when the statist/liberal fascist who knows what’s best for us all is willing to lie to us and trick us in order to get their way.
Nor has the fundamental physics of the greenhouse effect changed: CO2 in the atmosphere continues to trap heat that would otherwise slip into space, as was established by Irish scientist John Tyndall in 1859. “There is a natural greenhouse effect, that’s what keeps the planet livable,” noted climate modeler Gavin Schmidt of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) during a Friday conference call with reporters organized by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “Without it, we’d be 33 degrees Celsius colder than we are. That’s been known for hundreds of years.”
It’s a good thing that the leftist advocacy groups haven’t seized on medical science from the Civil War era, like they have on climate science. Well, except for rationing and triage for soldiers. But I digress…
Were it not for the natural greenhouse gases, the earth would be a lifeless ball of rock, according to the chosen scientists in a conference call with the Center for American Progress…
The Center For American Progress
The Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself as “a nonpartisan research and educational institute” aimed at “developing a long-term vision of a progressive America” and “providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals.”
Robert Dreyfuss reports in the March 1, 2004 edition of The Nation: “The idea for the Center began with discussions in 2002 between [Morton] Halperin and George Soros, the billionaire investor. … Halperin, who heads the office of Soros’ Open Society Institute, brought [former Clinton chief of staff John] Podesta into the discussion, and beginning in late 2002 Halperin and Podesta circulated a series of papers to funders.”
An April 2009 CAP report stated that the United States had a moral obligation to spend massive amounts of money to help poorer nations deal with the effects of the “global warming” that allegedly was being caused by industrialized nations like the U.S.
Suppose their self-appointed position as a global moderator to push for redistribution of wealth has anything to do with this?
Or perhaps the impetus of global-warmers to stop American growth and natural resource development has other reasons?
One example maybe has something to do with the $10,000,000,000 of US taxpayer money sent to Brazil to fund offshore oil drilling in their coastal waters? Perhaps because grifter George Soros, who funded Center for American Progress, is getting that $10,000,000,000 into his pocket.
He and his leftist cronies force guilt on everyone, then they cash in when idiot leftist politicians start handing them money. They lie and tell us the world will die because of our cars and our prosperity, and they set themselves up as the recipients of the carbon indulgences we’re forced to buy, and the payoffs for guilt that our politicians submit to.
Oklahomans can see it’s bullshit. How about the rest of us open our eyes?
Or should we listen to Michael Mann and Scientific American explain to us how things like the trick to hide the decline is really scientific jargon that us stupid rubes from flyover states can’t understand?
In fact, nothing in the stolen e-mails or computer code undermines in any way the scientific consensus—which exists among scientific publications as well as scientists—that climate change is happening and humans are the cause.
For example, the word “trick” in one message, which has been cited as evidence that a conspiracy is afoot, is actually being used to describe a mathematical approach to reconciling observed temperatures with stand-in data inferred from tree ring measurements.
Sea levels may or may not be rising, but the level of bullshit coming out of global warming advocates who pretend to be scientists sure is.
>Climategate is being furiously hushed up by the big media to the point where typing it into google revealed no auto-populating suggestions. You could type in climateg and get “climate guard” and then all the way to climatega and still get “climate guard” and “climate guatemala”. Typing in the entire word “climategate” resulted in a blank suggestion form.
Sounds almost conspiratorial, but as it registers some 6-20 million hits, it’s a pretty big thing to disappear. Contrast the other suggested results, as well as the stories about it on various tech-savvy blogs.
And a parallel here:
Now on to the new blackout, this one from Washington:
Riehl World picked this up a couple days back, and HotAir mentioned it, but beyond that, I haven’t heard this elsewhere. I certainly haven’t seen it in any major media outlet. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise, since it’s leftists trying to ensure that they control all that you see and hear.
S.448 Title: A bill to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media. Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 2/13/2009) Cosponsors (10) Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary. Date of scheduled consideration. SD-226. 10:00 a.m.
AMENDMENTS intended to be proposed by Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mr. DURBIN )
In section 10(2)(A), strike clause (iii) and insert the following:
(iii) obtains the information sought while working as a salaried employee of, or independent contractor for, an entity—
(I) that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, 1or other means; and
(aa) publishes a newspaper, book, magazine, or other periodical;
(bb) operates a radio or television broadcast station, network, cable system, or satellite carrier, or a channel or programming service for any such station, network, system, or carrier;
(cc) operates a programming service; or
(dd) operates a news agency or wire service;
In section 10(2)(B), strike ‘‘and’’ at the end.
In section 10(2)(C), strike the period at the end and insert ‘‘; and’’.
In section 10(2), add at the end the following:
(D) does not include an individual who gathers or disseminates the protected information sought to be compelled anonymously or under a pseudonym.
Short version – citizen journalists like O’Keefe & Giles, and anonymous bloggers who like to practice some degree of OPSEC – can find themselves targets.
Perhaps I should change my legal name to Format C:.
Their attempt at using the law to criminalize citizens’ first amendment rights not only violates their oaths of office, will be rendered unconstitutional, and is making leftists do even more mental gymnastics than usual to assert that Feinstein and Durbin really aren’t statist thugs – but this law, the attempt to make it, and the intent with it is a violation of 18 USC 242. (It just so happens to be my favorite statute.)